Neymar, Suarez back in action for Barcelona
Neymar and Luis Suarez played for the first time since their dramatic World Cup exits, with the Brazilian star scoring twice Monday and showing no signs of his devastating back injury in host Barcelona’s 6-0 rout of Mexican champion Leon in an exhibition game.
The last time Suarez played he infamously bit an Italian opponent at the World Cup, drawing a four-month ban from competitive matches.
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The Uruguayan striker, who has since transferred to Barcelona from Liverpool, was cheered by his new fans. He entered as a substitute in the 75th minute to more applause.
Neymar hadn’t played since fracturing a vertebra during the World Cup on July 4, ruling him out of the rest of the tournament. He was deemed fit to play hours before the game against Leon.
Neymar set up Lionel Messi’s third-minute score before adding goals in the 12th and 44th minutes. He was substituted at halftime.
Suarez and Neymar were greeted warmly when introduced.
No timetable for Stewart
There is no timetable on when Tony Stewart will get back into a race car.
The three-time NASCAR champion has skipped two races since his car struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. during an Aug. 9 sprint car race. His Stewart-Haas Racing team will not pressure him to return, and wins and trophies and a berth in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship have all been put into perspective in a sport in which the show always goes on.
“The Chase is of the lowest priority as it relates to Tony right now,” said Brett Frood, executive vice president at SHR. “Right now it’s about getting Tony in a better place than he is. When he’s ready to do that, he’ll get back in the car.”
Stewart has been in seclusion since Ward’s death, his whereabouts undisclosed.
He’s been described as heartbroken, devastated for Ward’s family and overcome by the outpouring of behind-the-scenes support he’s received from the NASCAR community. But very few people have spoken to Stewart, who seems to be grieving away from many he’s close to at the track.
Palmer has surgery
Arnold Palmer has had a pacemaker implanted to correct an abnormal heartbeat.
According to his website, Palmer had successful surgery at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh. Palmer, 84, was to remain in the hospital overnight for observation. He is expected to be released Tuesday.
Kansas player transfers
Andrew White III has transferred from Kansas to Nebraska in search of more playing time.
Nebraska coach Tim Miles said White would join his program after playing two seasons for the Jayhawks. White picked the Cornhuskers over Maryland, Richmond, Notre Dame, Wake Forest, Miami and Florida State.
The 6-foot-7, 210-pounder from Richmond, Va., will have to sit out this season under transfer rules. He’ll have two years of eligibility remaining.
Mike Krzyzewski returned to his alma mater — the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. — with the U.S. national team, which toured the campus, ate lunch with cadets in the mess hall and held an open practice for military personnel and families.
The basketball was limited on a day Krzyzewski spent more time addressing the crowd than his players during practice. But even with the Basketball World Cup opener just 12 days away, he thought the trip benefited his team no matter how much work the players did.
“To spend a day here is better than any offensive or defensive drill you could have,” Krzyzewski said. “It bonds the team together and that’s what today was about.”
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